Where Chef John Tesar Eats Out in Dallas

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Alison V. Smith
John Tesar
Chefs will always tell you that they don't have enough time to go out to dinner, but even professionals need a break from cooking. And if anyone has a right to say that he's too busy to eat out, it's John Tesar. He's still working six nights a week at his spanking-new steakhouse, Knife, which is a tall order even for someone who's been in the business 35 years.

Most of his dining choices have to be made around his crazy schedule, he says, but in our recent interview with him, he name-checked these four Dallas staples as places you might spot him and his misplaced glasses.

See also: An Interview with John Tesar

1. Velvet Taco
This Henderson Avenue gringo taco joint is just down Central from Hotel Palomar, making it easy for Tesar to stop in and chill after a long shift in the kitchen. "I'll get an oyster taco, some creamed corn, a beer after work," he says. "It's a good place to unwind and still be social. And watch the next generation ramble around drunk."

2. Smoke
Tim Byres' modern barbecue restaurant is a food critic favorite, and Tesar also adds his stamp of approval: "I think what Tim is doing down there is really cool, and I've had a lot of solid dishes there." Tesar didn't dish on his favorite, but our own food critic was a big fan of Byres' inspired twist on the tamale, the cabrito and masa.

3. Tei-An
According to Tesar, "Teach," or as the rest of us know him, Chef Teiichi Sakurai, has been cooking some of the best Japanese food in Dallas for at least 20 years. When The Commissary was open in One Arts Plaza, you could often find Tesar at the bar enjoying sake and some of Sakurai's top-notch sushi and soba.

4. Boulevardier
Tesar says that he doesn't have the time to make the drive down to Bishop Arts that often, but he wishes that he had time to try more of the area's restaurants. When he does visit, he heads to Boulevardier for "just about anything" on the menu. If you need a little more direction than that, you can't go wrong with the charcuterie or crawfish beignets.

Location Info

Velvet Taco

3012 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


408 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Was spotted having dinner at Oishii Sunday night,


Was spotted having dinner Sunday night at Oishii.


OK, apparently we now have to put John Tesar on the topic rotator.

A current list:

-Food Trucks

-Matt M.

-Craft Beers

-Craft Drinks, see Eddie the Fedora wearing Barback

-Jack Perkins 

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

That 15 minute drive will kill him for sure.



I spotted him at The French Room, then later at Campisi's on Campbell in Richardson; then later I saw him at Jorg's Vienna.....then I saw him at TC's Snowcones in front of Fiesta in East Plano, he's like fucking Sasquatch! 

ps-I also saw Kim Carnes and Micheal McDonald at the Subway at Parker and Custer-WTF!? 

Then I saw John Geisak and Dean Palmer at Walmart in Plano....SHITE!




@DavidRoot No! No! No! They don't really do it right in the US, cheese addition and no rillettes, but it is most certainly not fancy bacon. Why would you say such a thing?


Then my wife spotted him and his pet orangutan at Sneaky Pete's, then at the NY Subway in Denton, hard by the college. 

Later we found him face down at Winstar, mumbling about the Fried Pies Place at Turner Falls!

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter


Anything remotely related to Doritos / Taco Bell mashups.

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